The CrackBerry Nation has done it again! All of the video entries for our BeBold video contest have been submitted and there sure are some good ones. We had plenty to go through with everything from a Thorstein Heins impersonation to movie trailers like BoldMan to a spoof of The Most Interesting Man in the World. Some great stuff from the community showing the world how you choose to BeBold. We've narrowed things down to the top 10 (as chosen by the editors) videos that made us laugh, cry or just say "wow". Keep reading to check out the top 10 - we'll post the grand prize winner of a trip to BlackBerry World 2012 later this week, but be sure to leave your feedback in the comments.
CrackBerry BeBold Video Contest Top 10 Finalists
Here are the top 10 in no particular order:
1. Daniel Pauley
"For my video, titled "BlackBerry Desperation", I centered more upon the vagueness of what boldness really means. I chose the humourous and more crazy interpretation. The video was filmed mainly at my humble apartment in Kingston - and a few areas around the city. After seeing the contest on crackberry.com, I knew straight away that I wished to enter. This is my first real video. It was flmed on a Canin Vixia HV30 HDV camcorder and edited using Windows Live Movie Make (advanced professional software, I know)"
2. Winston Phavivongkorn
"My "BeBold" video was filmed at my high school (Maple High School). Six of my friends were involved in this project, as they had important roles in this video. The process of this video was somewhat easy but yet difficult at the same time. To explain, this is a version 2 of the video. The original version of this video didn't flow well and it had a very choppy edit to it. How I came up with this concept was, I incorporated action scenes that will capture the audiences attention right away. I wanted to present this in a matter of the bullying issues in schools and how bystanders rarely contribute in helping the victim. I approached it as a peer standing up for another and taking the heat for him because he wanted to stop the bullies' reign of terror towards the student"
3. Ryan Reyes
"This was the first video that I've made using real editing techniques. Just got a few programs and watched a lot fo tutorials online. Ended up being a lot of fun. I tapped a lot of resourses for help filling roles and filming. My wife, a bunch of friends, co-workers, my brother, strangers, and even got chased off by security a few times. The BoldMan trailer shows the struggle of BlackBerry, but also its fight and determination. I'm hoping all of Team BlackBerry finds themselves rooting for BoldMan and maybe even getting goosebumps while watching. Enjoy!"
4. Natasha Szabo
"I was thinking to myself... it's a very dark world with Androids and iPhones. I really wanted to make a difference. I had to go out and spread the joy to people. It had to be a lot of people. I could not sleep. So then I pondered, oh how could I ever do that? Then one day, I came up with this bold idea! I said to myself... why not dress up strange and go carol at the busy mall Polo Park? That's how it all came to be."
5. Joe Moreno
"The idea for this video was a little bit of several things I had saw in the past. The first part is similar to the mac vs pc but this time around its a little of ipad vs android vs playbook. I wanted tell about what playbook and blackberry mean. No need for several hundred new fart apps a week. We need the tools not the toys. So I went with my friends cute little daughter to play the role of our special playbook. As the role for ipad that would be Anne which owns an ipad and iphone. The role of android was my brother in law who owns an android phone. Then my nephew Josh played the role of Blackberry. For the second half of the video I wanted to show the protection of blackberry "playbook". So the two hackers (My sister and my friends son) played the role well. They stole info from both ipad and android while they sleep. And when the prize came little did they know little playbook was packing a little heat for them two hackers."
6. Mikel Calderon
"For my video, I decided I wanted to do something that anyone could do, and that at the same time was bold and inventive. I remembered that during our cross country trip, we made a pit stop at the Grand Canyon and that the views are spectacular. I also remembered that there was a trail called the "Rim Trail" and well, the rest is history. I have recently wanted to get back in shape and I drew inspiration for this video from the Mobile Nation's fitness month campaign. I purchased a fitbit earlier this month and signed up to Endomondo thanks to the helpful posts during the month of February and decided to put them to good use. I wanted to walk the entire RIM Trail, (as it should later be renamed) the entire 12 miles it spans on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but instead decided on a more attainable goal. To my surprise, even though I only ended up walking a little over 8 miles of the Rim Trail, I walked a total of 21 miles during the entire day. "
7. Mitch Kehn
"One of my closest friends, Tom Burick recently informed me of his plan to embark on a 10,000 mile scooter journey through the US, Canada and Mexico to raise money and awareness for three charities that deal with child sexual abuse. The Bold(er) part is that the scooter is a 50cc Honda Ruckus that has a top speed of 30 mph. For the next 6-7 months, Tom has been camping or accepting hospitality and hot showers when it is offered by the well-wishers he meets. As a recovering iPhone fanboy who used to spend 80% of his time web surfing and playing games, Tom realized that he would need a more rugged, communication focused device with a reliable GPS app and a keyboard. While researching the 9900, he took special notice of the "Do What You Love" and "Be Bold" slogans and had an epiphany. What's bolder than selling your business, riding 10,000 miles alone on a moped and sharing the most painful memories of your young life so that others might draw inspiration and heal?"
8. Daren Martinez
"Video was filmed at home and in the office. The video concept was to show how i relentlessly provide technical support to our mighty BlackBerry forum users in anyway i can. And being a relatively new and emerging BlackBerry nation, our forum is the only one existing right now that focus solely on all BlackBerry devices problems etc as Philippines don't have an official BlackBerry support or store. The whole video idea is my brainchild, asked my good friend and officemate to appear in the film. "
9. Stephen deRusett
"I shot this video because. Dos Eques Beer has a Brilliant marketing strategy, so nonchalant, and thought it would make a great BlackBerry Style commercial. "
"The video is supposed to be a spoof on Thorsten Heins, starring me. Filming took place in my kitchen and lasted almost 40 minutes, the final video is 03:13. I thought of the dialogue for several days and finally improvised most of it because I couldn't remember the lines! The majority of the time was spent preparing the BB backdrop and wig. I bought a 70's style costume wig that needed to be cut and sprayed with white hairspray to recreate the Heins peppered hair style. The BlackBerry logo stencil was cut from bristol board, which took forever to do. I used the remaining white hairspray to create the graphics. "